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Alexander Grischuk vs Nigel Short
Reykjavik op19 (2000), ISL, rd 6, Apr-10
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  0-1



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Aug-30-04  Cecil Brown: A nice win by Nosher against a rising star.

Grischuk plays the advance french a lot and scores pretty well with it but 14.Nxf5 looks a little optimistic. Black gets material and then fatal counterplay on the open files on the kingside.

This game also shows what a powerful piece the bad french light squared bishop can be if it can come into play on the kingside via e8.

Jun-10-05  notyetagm: The game ends suddenly with 32 ... ♕xh3+! 33 gxh3 (33 ♔g1 ♕xg2#) ♖hxh3#, a beautiful <corridor mate> with the two Black rooks on the open g- and h-files.
Jun-10-05  notyetagm: White's king position collapses with 32 ... ♕xh3+! because the <g2-square is loose> (Black g3-rook attacks, White h2-king defends) and the <h3-square is en prise>, with 2 White defenders (g2-pawn, h2-king) trying to keep out 3 Black attackers (g3-rook, h5-queen, h8-rook). <N defenders cannot keep out N+1 attackers!> The weakness of the g2- and h3-squares is fatal for White.
Jun-10-05  notyetagm: This 5 ... ♗d7 6 a3 f6 line of the French Advance does not seem to be too good for White. Black scores amazingly well in this line at 66.7%, <winning 53.3%(!)> of the games in the database here, although the sample (30 games) is very small. Check out the stats for yourself in the Opening Explorer.
Jun-10-05  notyetagm: Here Black is <attacking with all of his pieces> (e4-♗, f5-♘, g3-♖, h5-♕ and h8-♖) and provides a great example of Three Piece Rule. <The Three Piece Rule states that you need at least 3 pieces to give mate, 1 to sacrifice, 2 to give mate.> Black has a strong five-piece attack raging and, sure enough, he sacrifices one of them (his queen with 32 ... ♕xh3+!) so that he can give mate with the remainder of his attacking force.
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  al wazir: Black could have played 30.Rg3 with the same threat Qxh3+. What did 30...Bf4 accomplish?
Dec-30-07  Avarus: I think one important moment is after 9.Qe2. Short's choice ..h6 worked well but there's something strange about it I can't put my finger on. 10.b4? doesn't convince me, I thought 10.exf6 was called for, perhaps with 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.b4 and 13.c4 to follow, opening lines on the queenside.

14.Nxf5 seems a try, since ..g5 is coming otherwise, black has an attack for nothing.

Sep-25-09  joeleflores: Hi, this is my second post.

Is Rxg2 the best black response after white's Nh4 at the 32nd move?

32. Nh4 Rxg2

Any thoughts?

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  jahhaj: <joeleflores> 32.Nh4 Rxg2 33.Nxg2 (or 33...Kh1 34.Rg4+ winning the queen) Qxh3 34.Kg1 Qxg2#

Looks pretty good to me.

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  jahhaj: <al wazir> I think Joel's move, Nh4, works well if the B is still on d6

30...Rg3 31.Nh4 Qxh4 32.Qxh4 Nxh4 (32...Rxh4?? 33.Rf8#) 33.Kxg3

Mar-23-12  Bowen Island: 5. ... Bd7, best!
6. Be2 was better here.
6. a3 is played with the idea of b4
6. ... f6, slow build up by White encourages Black to tear open the centre. Old maxim: Respond to an attack on the wings with a thrust in the centre!

Black's plan now after f6 is Qc7, castle Q-side, h6, f5, g5, Black's attack is faster! Trade off in centre, Bd7/e8/h5. As e5 is White's new weak point it is best to strengthen Black's attack on that square!

10. ... c4, closing down White's attack.

Notes based on comments by Simon Williams on his French DVD (recommend highly)

Mar-23-12  Bowen Island: 9. b4 fxe5
10. b5 Nxd4 with three central pawns for the piece (S.W.)
Jan-13-13  grasser: The game is annotated here:

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  PhilFeeley: Simon Williams also covers this on his French Defense DVD.

I wonder why this game has never been game-of-the-day, or puzzle for 32...Qxh3!

Dec-10-18  Saniyat24: Grischuk's f-file barbeque party was rudely interrupted by the noisy neighbors on the g and h lane...!
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